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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (DOS)

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Description

Carmen Sandiego is a master thief who leads the criminal organization V.I.L.E. This organization specializes in stealing the world's treasures without a trace. Alarmed by this, the A.C.M.E. Detective Agency makes it their personal mission to foil Carmen Sandiego's plans.

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is a game that tests the player's knowledge about geography and general knowledge about different countries. Missions will begin with a treasure being stolen and the player flying to that location. A time limit counts down while they must search the area and interview witnesses to find enough clues to figure out what country the thief flew to next. The player always has a limited selection (usually three or four) of flights available in any given country. This process is repeated until either the villain is found or time expires and they are able to get away.

Along with finding out where the thief has headed, the player must discover who the thief is, by best matching personal characteristics (gender, hair color, eye color, hobbies, notable features) to dossiers on Carmen's gang. There must be enough characteristics matched in order to obtain a warrant, which is essential to legally arrest the suspect once they have been found. Progress in arresting VILE members will expose other members, eventually leading up to Carmen Sandiego herself.

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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? DOS Flying to my next destination. (CGA with composite monitor)
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? DOS Suspect in jail
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? DOS I'm beginning my investigation in Reykjavik. (CGA with composite monitor)
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? DOS Title Screen: Game intro

Alternate Titles

  • "Wo in aller Welt ist Carmen Sandiego?" -- German title

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Trivia

Although you'll need to slow down a modern PC to bypass the copy protection, the game itself is synchronized on the timer instead of an internal loop, which is not frequent with games of this time. This lets you see the sprites and hear the sound effects as they were intended to.
Olivier Masse (421) added Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (DOS) on Jul 07, 1999
Other platforms contributed by PCGamer77 (3028), Martin Smith (63168), Terok Nor (18323), *Katakis* (37744) and Garcia (4783)